Aquaculture Magazine

October / November 2014

Recent news from around the globe by

By Suzi Dominy

These are some of the highlights of the past few weeks at

BySuzi Dominy

Denmark - Fish food with antibodies to replace antimicrobial agents

A new research project headed up by DTU Vet is seeking to use feed containing natural antibodies to combat pathogenic bacteria as a replacement for treating fish fry with antimicrobial agents. The antibodies are derived from fish blood. The Danish Agritech Agency’s Green Development and Demonstration Programme (GUDP) has granted the project funding of DKK 5.7 million (Approx. USD$987,372).

“Aquaculturists are increasingly choosing to vaccinate rather than treat with antimicrobial agents, but the immune system in fry is not sufficiently developed to allow vaccines to have the desired effect. As a result, treatment with antimicrobial agents is currently the only effective way to deal with problematic bacterial infections among fry,” explained Professor Peter Heegaard from DTU Vet, who is heading the research project.

“We want to produce food enriched with antibodies to combat pathogenic bacteria so that we can implement what is known as ‘passive immunization’ of the fry to make them resistant to the infections,” relates Professor Peter Heegaard.

The fish’s immune system will develop the antibodies naturally over time following exposure to the bacteria, but it is hoped that this can be achieved earlier if the fry are fed the relevant antibodies in their feed.

The project will attempt to harvest the antibodies from blood collected in connection with the standard process for slaughtering fish. The feed will then be tested on fish suffering from bacterial infections including Rainbow Trout Fry Syndrome (RTFS), enteric redmouth disease (ERM) and furunculosis, which are currently responsible for major losses in rainbow trout breeding.


Denmark/Turkey - BioMar

and Sagun sign final agreement for JV aquafeed company

At a small ceremony in Aarhus, Denmark, the final agreement for the establishment of a Joint-Venture feed company and a feed plant in Turkey was signed by BioMar CEO Mr. Torben Svejgaard and the owner of the Sagun Group, Mr. Ahmet Sagun.

Torben Svejgaard expects the factory, which will be placed near Izmir in the south west of Turkey, to become operational towards the end of 2015. Turkish fish farmers will however be able to purchase feed in the next weeks from other BioMar factories through the newly established BioMar-Sagun feed company.

The new JV feed company will serve mainly Turkey, the second largest aquaculture market in Europe, but once the feed plant becomes operational the new feed company will also start export sales to some of the neighboring countries.

The move will strengthen BioMar’s position in the Eastern Mediterranean area considerably. The Turkish market is already served by more than 15 feed companies, but almost all are only local players with limited resources for research and product development. Local presence is one of the keys to the Turkish feed market, but many Turkish fish farmers have long expressed the need for introducing new and better feed concepts that give better and more stable production results.

In collaboration with one of the leading Turkish fish farmers BioMar recently performed bench mark trials with some of the main Turkish feed brands. BioMar said these trials underlined the need for introducing more efficient and sustainable diets in Turkish aquaculture. BioMar’s know-how in feed development and manufacturing combined with Sagun’s strong network within the Turkish aquaculture sector provides a strong platform from which to build.


India - Demand for catfish and tilapia feed growing

India has a thriving and evolving aquaculture industry. However, most farmers still rely on low cost and easily available traditional feeds comprised of rice or wheat bran, groundnut cake, and other agro products. But the demand for commercial aquafeed is increasing. This trend is being driven by a growing awareness of the benefits.

According to a report, “India Commercial Aquafeed Market Outlook 2018”, by RNCOS, over the past few years new technologies have been introduced to increase the production of tilapia and catfish. Efforts are also being made to improve the feed for these fish to attain high productivity. Thus, commercial finfish feed consumption is expected to grow during 2014-2018. The growth in the demand of commercial feed for these fish will also propel an equivalent increase in the demand for ingredients such as soybean meal and rice bran.


Norway - Marine Harvest feedmill on stream

Marine Harvest, the world’s largest salmon producer, delivered its own feed to sites in Norway for the first time in June. In the company’s second quarter report, CEO Alf-Helge Aarskog said that when the Bjugn feedmill is at full capacity it will serve 60% of the company’s Norwegian production, and is a vital step towards Marine Harvest becoming a fully integrated protein producer with complete control from feed to plate.


Philippines/Vietnam - Pilmico finalizes Vietnam aquafeed

mill purchase

In early August 2014, Philippines’ Pilmico International Pte Ltd. Purchased 70% of Vietnam’s Vinh Hoan 1 Feed JSC, part of Vinh Hoan Corp, one of Vietnam’s leading aquatic product exporters. The remaining 30% is to be purchased by Pilmico over the next five years at an agreed price, for a total of USD$28 million.

Pilmico president and chief executive officer, Sabin Aboitiz said the company hoped the acquisition would pave the way for their entry into neighboring Laos, Cambodia and Myanmar, as they would be supplying their Vietnamese products to buyers along the Mekong River.

Pilmico, whose main business is flour milling and animal feed, is eying acquisitions ahead of 2015 ASEAN free trade agreement.


USA -Bell Aquaculture Launches Aquafeed Mill in Albany, Indiana

Bell Aquaculture LLC held the grand opening event for the Bell Farms aquafeed mill located in central Indiana, USA. Over 300 fish farmers, government officials and industry experts attended the event held on site.

This mill represents the last major step toward completion of a vertically integrated aquaculture farm that has long been in development by the team at Bell. This vertical integration includes a 1,000 ton fish farm, an in-house processing facility and production of value added products generated from capture and cultivation of by-products.

Led by Dr. Steven Craig, a fish nutritionist with more than 25 years of experience, the feeds from this mill will be tailored to the nutritional, biological and physiological needs of specific species at key points in the life cycle of the fish. The mill will be the first of its kind to produce feed locally to service the aquaculture industry on a mass scale. Bell Farms is expected to produce 1,000 tons of feed per month, sourcing over half of the ingredients locally.


Finland - Feed Not a Major Contributor to Waterway Eutrophication

Feed intended for commercially farmed fish is not the main contributor to the eutrophication of Finland’s waterways, according to The Finnish Fish Farmers’ Association.

Responding to an accusation made in a local paper by the research institute MTT Agrifood Research Finland, the association said Baltic Sea rainbow trout farms contribute some nutrients to the water systems in the form of fish feces and sinking food particles, but this amount has been cut in half in the last ten years. Almost all of the feed intended for the fish is utilized, they said.

Anu-Maria Sandel, Managing Director of the Fish Farmers’ Association said aquaculture in general is one of the most ecologically efficient means of producing protein because the fish utilize their feed more efficiently than animals bred on land.



Suzi Dominy is the founding editor and publisher of She brings 25 years of experience in professional feed industry journalism and publishing. Before starting this company, she was co-publisher of the agri-food division of a major UK-based company, and editor of their major international feed magazine for 13 years.



Suzi  Dominy

Suzi Dominy

Suzi Domini is the founding editor and publisher of She brings 25 years of experience in professional feed industry journalism and publishing to Aquafeed.

Before starting this company, she was co-publisher of the agri-food division of a major U.K.-based Business-to-Business publishing and exhibitions company, and editor of their major international feed magazine for 13 years. While there she founded and edited several animal feed and aquafeed print publications that are still in existence today.

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